The highly qualified instructors at the Penn Program for Mindfulness each have decades of experience in adapting an ancient science to modern needs.
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Michael J. Baime, MD
Michael J. Baime, MD, is director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques since 1983. He teaches mindfulness-based stress management and communication techniques to faculty and students at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine.
Karen Bowles, MD
Karen Bowles, MD, is a primary care physician and teacher within the medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching in our public program, Karen is the Director of Professional Training for the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Karen also co-facilitates our courses for health care providers, medical, nursing and undergraduate students.
Alexander deVaron, DMA
Alexander deVaron, DMA, is on the music faculty of Swarthmore College and Temple University. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1986. During this time his focus has been on how to apply the tools of meditation to the challenges of daily life.
Dan Gottlieb is a psychologist and marital therapist and has been in practice nearly 40 years. His career started in community mental health and substance abuse until his accident in 1979 made him a quadriplegic. Since that time, he has been in private practice. Since 1985, he has been hosting a radio show called "Voices in the Family" on WHYY FM, Philadelphia's NPR affiliate. He was a regular columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1994 until 2008. He is also the author of four books.
Robin A. Hall, BA
Robin A. Hall, BA, is the program's Marketing Manager and Coordinator. As the Marketing Manager, she draws on her marketing/media expertise in healthcare promotion to increase the awareness of and participation in our mindfulness programs. As the Coordinator, she manages the daily program operations.
Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD
Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who teaches mindfulness as a foundation for therapeutic work. He is a licensed practitioner of the Systems-Centered approach, a model for change consistent with the values and practice of mindfulness.
Bidi McSorley, MD
Bidi McSorley, MD, is a physician in center city and on clinical affiliate faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received training through the Penn Program for Mindfulness and is especially interested in mindfulness for children, teens, and parents.
Jenny Mills, M.Ed.
Jenny Mills, M.Ed. is the Director of Development for Educational Programming at the Penn Program for Mindfulness, developing courses for teachers, counselors, and teens. Unlike traditional mindfulness programs, Jenny's MindfulME! Framework embeds tools and strategies directly into the curriculum. In her workshops and classes, she gives teachers and counselors mindfulness strategies to support and enhance teaching and learning. For current projects, please visit www.rootsandwingsonline.org.
Gabriel Rocco, MA
Gabriel Rocco, MA, is a psychotherapist in private practice. He often teaches mindfulness to cancer patients in treatment and leads programs for parents, healthcare workers and the general public. His study and practice of meditation also extends for over 20 years.
Lori Volpe, BA, RYT
Lori Volpe, BA, RYT, received training in teaching mindfulness at the Penn Program for Mindfulness and through a 7-day professional training retreat directed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Her meditation and yoga practice spans 18 years. Lori has extensive experience leading and facilitating groups for diverse organizations and, in addition to teaching meditation and yoga, is administrator of a non-profit meditation center.
Mara Wai, M.Ed.
Mara Wai, M.Ed. is the Program Manager as well as an instructor with the program. As the Program Manager, she oversees program development and administration and she trained with the Penn Program for Mindfulness to teach our foundation program. Additionally, she blends her yoga and other mind-body training to facilitate movement and other mindfulness workshops for beginner and experienced meditators. Mara is also a life coach who supports clients with getting unstuck, managing uncertainty and aligning with and realizing that which resonates most.